We are excited to announce the return of the ClexaCon Film Festival! The festival is held alongside ClexaCon, the first and largest multi-fandom event for LGBTQ+ women, trans, non-binary and of course, allies! ClexaCon brings together thousands of fans and content creators from around the world to celebrate positive LGBTQ+ representation.

The film festival will be held in 2021. More info will be available soon!

The festival will include Short Films (including Animation, Documentary, Music Videos Narrative) and Episodics (Webseries).

All chosen films will receive a free pass to both the convention & the film festival, which includes access to industry panels and events.

The ClexaCon Film Festival accepts films that contain content which center LGBTQ+ women, trans, and non-binary stories.

Entry into the festival constitutes agreement with all festival and ClexaCon guidelines and rules, and implies permission to exhibit work during the festival and to use press kit images and ad copy in festival and ClexaCon advertising. Submission also includes permission for ClexaCon to use clips from submissions in film festival promotional videos.

By submitting your film ("Art"), you warrant 1) that you have the full right, power, and authority to grant ClexaCon ("Sponsor") the right to exhibit the Art to the public; 2) that you have all necessary rights in and to the literary and musical material upon which the Art is based or which are used therein, and any other rights necessary for the Sponsor to exhibit the film to the public; 3) neither the Art nor any part thereof violates or infringes any trademark, trade name, contract, agreement, copyright, or right of privacy or "moral rights of authors," or any law or regulation or other right whatsoever, or defames any person or other entity. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless ClexaCon ("Sponsor") from and against any and all liability, loss, cost and expense including, but not limited to, attorney's fees and court costs occasioned by your breach of any of the aforementioned warranties, or for any claim arising out of loss or damage to the work.

Submissions are only accepted for works made between January 1, 2019 and January 15, 2021.

All 2021 submissions must be original and be new to our film festival (and not submitted for any previous years).

We accept submissions only through FilmFreeway.com.

Preview submissions must be submitted via a secure online screener (e.g. vimeo.com with password), or through a secure online link via FilmFreeway.com. Uploaded films must be in their entirety; trailers will not be considered.

The acceptable format for exhibition in our festival is a Digital File (H.264). We strive to make our festival as inclusive as possible, and all screening copies must have English subtitles (.SRT file or embedded subtitles are accepted).

Rough cuts and works-in-progress are eligible for submission only if completed by January 15, 2021.

Music Videos - 5 minutes Max
Animation - 10 minutes Max
Short Films / Webseries / Episodics - 15 Minutes Max

All FilmFreeway submissions will be marked "In Consideration" once payment, entry forms, and an online link of the film have all been received. Entrants will be notified of festival selections by January 24, 2021.

All of your press materials must be uploaded to the film’s corresponding FilmFreeway profile. This includes press kits (as PDF), images, and trailers. Images must be 300dpi or higher. High quality stills make a significant difference in press coverage for accepted films.

All entries will be reviewed by the festival committee who will also determine a shortlist of nominees for the festival. Once a film is submitted for entry, it may not be withdrawn and film submission fees will not be refunded.

The festival does not pay rental fees.

COVID19 Update
The festival will be held April 15-18 at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. If a physical festival is not a viable option, filmmakers will have the option to be screened at a virtual festival or at ClexaCon 2022.

Overall Rating
  • Centered Web Series

    I can't sing the praises of Staci enough! Such a joy to be around, so professional. Great communication on her end and every time we saw her at the festival, she took the time to stop and have real conversations! Chicago represent! We were blown away by the web series selections. Absolutely outstanding- performance-wise, writing-wise, and production-wise. Thrilled to be included. Great networking opportunities and the opportunity to make new friends in general!

    July 2019
  • Functional Series

    We had a blast ! So humbled that we got to screen our project in a PACKED room as part of the web series premiere night.

    Thank you for the opportunity!

    April 2019
  • This was my first time at ClexaCon and I must say I really enjoyed the networking, camaraderie and positive attitude from the staff and organization. Stacy is bold in her programming! And Vegas is always a great place to have fun!

    April 2019
  • Nicole Tay

    Not only does Stacy do an incredible job of curating this film festival, but she takes genuine care in the selection of films and in supporting the filmmakers. She also personally opened many doors for us beyond ClexaCon. While the Con itself could have been stronger in supporting programming for QPOC, ClexaCon FF did a fantastic job and we were honored to attend. Thank you Stacy for making our first ClexaCon and unforgettable experience :)

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Nicole, thank you so much for your kind words and for bringing “Tomato and Eggs” to ClexaCon this year! I can’t wait to see what you do next!

  • Wonderful festival and event! The convention is so much fun and everyone is just buzzing with excitement about queer media. It's a really fantastic opportunity to network and meet queers from all over the world. I would have liked more opportunity to see the other films and not miss out on panels, but I know scheduling is hard with a con this size. Stacy and Nikki were very communicative and let me know in advance when my film was screening and helped me with filmmaker passes during the convention. Stacy was so charming, sweet, and funny. She moderated my short film block and did a great job of organizing the shorts into a really engaging collection. I will definitely be back next year! :)

    April 2018